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Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Sporty Kid Hauler: Is it Possible? Acura TSX Wagon Kids, Carseats & Safety Review

They’re some of the safest vehicles on the road.  They haul a lot of kids.  The seating and cargo space is uber flexible.  They generally get better mileage than sport utes.  Some of them even get going pretty quick from a stop sign.  But, let’s face it, they still don’t handle like a car and even the coolest vans have a soccer mom stigma they can’t escape.  So, what about the trendy mom or dad that wants something sporty enough to be the envy of all the minivan drivers in the school pickup line?  Something a little smaller to get into that parking space and gets better fuel economy than a typical midsize SUV?

Look no further than the Acura TSX Sport Wagon.  It seats five in a perfect combination of performance and refinement.  At an estimated 22mpg city and 30mpg highway (25mpg overall), it even gets better fuel economy than compact SUVs like Honda’s CRV.  That’s even a hair higher than that ubiquitous all-wheel drive wagon that I see everywhere around Chicago (we used to own one of those ourselves).  The 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine has a very nicely tuned growl during acceleration.  With 201 horses, the TSX wagon gets moving quick enough if you floor it, and more importantly, it also stops quick and handles those corners far better than your average minivan or SUV.  After all, crash avoidance is a key to overall safety, something that will be the emphasis of this review!

Great News from Orbit Baby

This just in from Orbit:

  • Through additional testing, our Infant Car Seat G2 can now be used for infants from 4 – 30 lbs, 32 in (previously 4 – 22 lbs, 29 in), when used on its own or with the Car Seat Base G2.
  • Our Toddler Car Seat can now be used forward-facing from 20 – 65 lbs, 50 in (previously 20-50 lbs, 49 in). The rear-facing limits stay the same at (15 – 35 lbs).
  • This change is retroactive for both seats that were ever sold in the United States, and Orbit Baby is offering an industry-first update program for our existing users, free of charge. They can request an update sticker kit to apply to their car seat to remind them of this updated weight rating by visiting this page on our website: http://www.orbitbaby.com/en/car-seat-weight-rating/

You can find the official press release at the same link as above.

A WWYD for You

There are two ways to get to our favorite Target store.  Dh and I disagree on the route to take—it’s probably a Venus/Mars thing.  I, of course, think I’m right.  He, of course, thinks he’s right.  Who do you think is right?

Since I like to be fair to the underdog, let’s start with his route.  Matt likes to take surface streets all the way there.  This involves driving down a side street to get to the main street which will take us most of the way to Target.  There are many intersections along the way, which is my main concern.  The more intersections there are, the more likely it is that we’ll be involved in some sort of crash, whether it’s being rear-ended or side-impacted.  More precisely, there are 8 stoplights using Matt’s route; 8 major intersections where drivers can mash metal together.  There are other minor intersections along the way too, including one that’s had a fatality from a driver running a stop sign.  Even though these lights aren’t timed and we get caught at a red at 2-3 of them, dh thinks his route is faster.

My route involves taking the freeway.  Initially, there’s some fancy jiggering to get to the freeway that involves going through a shopping center—all on public streets though—but we still get to the freeway faster than going the long way around the center.  I like taking the freeway because the likelihood of us getting t-boned on the freeway is nil, we get better gas mileage on the freeway since there’s constant stopping and starting from intersections, and we get to drive fast—zoom!  Besides, my way has only 6 stoplights with 4 of them being at the freeway entrances ;).  Still, I have to admit that it takes about as long as dh’s route time-wise.

So, which way would you prefer to drive?  Street or freeway?  Why?

Another Unboxing?

Yes, lots of unboxings lately and a couple more to come.  If techno nerds can do them on their blogs, so can carseat nerds!  This unboxing is the coolest so far, at least from my perspective.  It’s still a bit cold here, so it takes me forever to get motivated to install carseats so that I can write a review.  In the mean time, I leave you with a video to see what is coming soon for a review!